Which Airlines Serve Pre-Departure Beverages and Meals In Domestic First Class

October 7, 2013

People always complain that flying “ain’t what it used to be”, but I disgaree with that- airlines have been upping their game over the past couple years, sometimes offering a pretty impressive meal and wine/premium cocktail service. Granted, I rarely have a meal on a plane that would compare to even a mid-grade restaurant and […]

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Maximize Monday: Transcontinental Comparison – Worth It To Switch To JetBlue?

October 7, 2013

Last Monday, I went to JetBlue’s New York headquarters to get a first look at the airline’s new “Mint” business class seats and first class mini-suites that will be going into service starting in June 2014, and the benefits premium flyers will enjoy. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed- especially since the cost […]

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Will I Be Upgrade Eligible For My SkyMiles Award Ticket Once I Achieve Silver Medallion Status?

October 6, 2013

TPG follower Robert is about to become a Silver Medallion with Delta SkyMiles and wants to know: “@thepointsguy I booked a SkyMiles award ticket and will soon achieve Silver Medallion status. Will it update my itinerary to show upgrade requested?” First, congratulations on becoming a Silver Medallion, and let me warn you that elite status is […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus, Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles, Support Breast Cancer Research With Delta, 35% off Everything at the W Hotel Store

October 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus: Earlier this week, US Airways  launched a new 100% share miles bonus that runs now through October 15, 2013. Through the promo, “Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period”, but you […]

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New York JFK – Milan MXP Route Competition: Low Fares On Emirates and Bonus Miles On Delta / Alitalia

October 5, 2013

Competition on the route from New York JFK to Milan MXP is heating up with Emirates launching new non-stop service on October 1 and Delta and Alitalia teaming up to offer two daily non-stop flights. Emirates’ move was a pretty aggressive push with economy roundtrip fares booked now through October 8 for travel between October […]

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Top 10 Airline Economy Award Redemptions

October 1, 2013

Miles, points and elite status are great for leveling the playing field of the “haves and have nots” in the sky because they allow ordinary people to sit in seats that they normally wouldn’t be able to afford. However, for a majority of people business and first class are either not an option (family travelers […]

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Earn 250 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles on Hilton Stays Now Through December

October 1, 2013

Hilton and Delta just launched a promotion like one they had last year offering 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles per stay of two nights or more between now and December 13, 2013, up to a maximum of 10,000 MQM’s when you select Delta as your Hilton HHonors Double Dip partner. These MQMs are in addition to the 10 Hilton points […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus On Purchased JetBlue Points, Alaska Airlines Revamps In-Flight Meals, Earn 1,000 Miles/Points With PointsHound

September 28, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 25,000 Southwest Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. I just reached 25,000 Twitter followers – so thank you to all of you who already follow me – and to celebrate, I’m going to […]

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Why LAX Is All Over The News Lately

September 28, 2013

Los Angeles International Airport has been in the news a lot recently, between the opening of the long-awaited new terminal at Tom Bradley International Terminal and announcements of tons of new routes from Delta – including an hourly shuttle flight from LA to San Francisco – and American, which has launched several new domestic and […]

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Cheap Flights to Dublin on Delta: Chicago from $401 Total Roundtrip – Including St. Patricks Day!

September 26, 2013

Dublin is one of my favorite cities in the world- great people, bars and overall vibe. It also helps that airfares dip low throughout the year. Today’s cheap fares are from Chicago- $401 total roundtrip and you can route via Atlanta for maximum miles- 9,088 valuable Medallion Qualifying Miles and base Skymiles plus up to […]

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How Do You Have Elite Status If You Are Accruing Miles On Credit Cards And Redeeming Miles, But Don’t Earn Elite Status Qualifying Miles?

September 22, 2013

TPG reader Eric asked: “How do you have elite status if you are just accruing so many miles on your credit cards and redeeming miles? You obviously don’t earn elite-qualifying miles?” I actually met TPG reader Eric on the street and he asked me how I maintain my elite status on three airlines – I […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Bonus American AAdvantage Miles on Latin America Routes, Free Uber Rides in Chicago This Weekend, Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles for Donating to United Way

September 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 100,000 Hyatt Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points in honor of th Hyatt’s “Discover New Possibilities” fall promo. There are four methods to enter, and you can enter once per method for a total of four […]

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Delta Amex Pay With Miles Program Now Gives Miles for First/Business Class Tickets

September 18, 2013

One of the perks of having a Delta American Express co-branded credit card such as the Delta Gold, Delta Platinum, or Delta Reserve American Express cards is that you’re eligible to use the Pay with Miles feature when purchasing tickets. Historically you wouldn’t earn Medallion Qualifying Miles on Pay With Miles tickets, but earlier this year […]

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New Delta Gold Amex Offer – Including $50 Statement Credit

September 17, 2013

Update: There is a still a live offer for the Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express card offering 30,000 miles after $1,000 in spend within the first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Today American Express launched a new sign-up offer […]

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Delta Launches Smart Travel Pack: Bundled Benefits For A Fee

September 17, 2013

Earlier this week, Delta launched what they call their Smart Travel Pack option, where SkyMiles members can purchase a bundle of benefits such as free checked baggage and priority boarding. It costs $199 to purchase for travel between September 16, 2013 and January 5, 2014, and is only available online to non-Medallion members since most of […]

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Flight Review: Delta 767-300ER BusinessElite Amsterdam-Newark AMS-EWR

September 16, 2013

During my recent trip to South Africa, I was called home early due to a family emergency. Luckily, I was able to redeem 120,000 Delta SkyMiles for a last-minute  business class award departing South Africa earlier this week and returning on a dummy booking in economy in the spring (which I’ll shift around and use somehow for […]

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Would You Choose Delta or American Platinum Status for Business Travel?

September 15, 2013

TPG follower Travel Chaz tweeted: “@thepointsguy if you were not concerned about redeeming the miles, would you choose Delta or American Platinum status for business travel?” First off, let’s start with the basics since the two statuses are not really equivalent. American Platinum only requires 50,000 miles and Delta Platinum requires 75,000  – but that […]

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Southwest Launches Its New ‘No Show’ Policy Today

September 13, 2013

As announced earlier this year, Southwest Airlines will now be enforcing a “no show” policy for Wanna Get Away and DING fares, and will no longer be as lenient about passengers who simply do not show up for their flights. As of today, September 13, 2013, the new rule means that passengers holding non-refundable Wanna […]

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Saving Money By Using Miles in an Emergency: A Rundown of Last Minute Airline Award Booking Fees

September 11, 2013

I flew to South Africa last week to visit some friends on a quick trip that I had decided to go on last-minute when they invited me and I was able to find a roundtrip economy ticket on KLM from New York to Cape Town via Amsterdam for $1,540. I was having a fantastic time […]

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SPG Platinum Members Now Eligible to Receive Upgrades When Flying Delta

September 9, 2013

Further enhancing the Crossover Rewards partnership between Delta and Starwood Delta announced today that Starwood Platinum members will now be eligible for complimentary upgrades when flying on Delta, according to a new update on their site today. When you go to’s SPG Crossover Rewards page and look under “When You Fly,” you’ll see the new policy […]

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Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars Now Displayed on

September 9, 2013

Back in January, Delta announced that it would be adding a revenue-based component to elite qualification, and this morning Delta announced on Flyertalk, that Medallion Qualifying Dollars will be displayed on starting today. If you log into your Delta account, you can now view your 2013 Medallion Qualifying Dollars on your Account Activity page and My SkyMiles page at […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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My Mind Numbing Experience Trying to Book KLM Economy Comfort with Delta

August 23, 2013

Yesterday, I wrote a glowing post about my experience securing free Economy Comfort seats on KLM for an entire upcoming itinerary from New York to Cape Town via Amsterdam when booking through Delta thanks to my Platinum Medallion status. Little did I know the issues I was in for…as you’ll find out in this video […]

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